Andrew James

I am one of the three ward councillors for the Mercian ward on Tamworth Borough Council.  First elected in 2011 and re-elected for a second term in 2015,

I am the current Chairman of Tamworth Borough Council’s Healthier and Safer scrutiny committee and I was Leader of Fazeley Town Council from 2011 to 2015 and the Mayor of Fazeley from 2009 to 2011.

Born and bred in Tamworth and married with 2 daughters and a grandson and working in health and safety.

I was born on the Comberford Road, Tamworth in 1965, my school years were spent at Ashcroft Infants, Flaxhill Junior, Mercian Boys, Q.E.M.S. and Tamworth College of Further Education.  I lived on Mildenhall then Lichfield Road before moving to Glascote in 1987 when I married Debbie.

Our eldest daughter, Rebecca, was born in 1990 and a year later we moved to Silverlink where we still live today and our 2nd daughter, Kirsty, was born in 2000.  Rebecca gave birth to a boy, Tyler, in May 2012 and I am a very proud grandparent.

My working life has been varied but has always centred on the transport industry; I started work in 1982 in my father’s coach company, Invincible Travel, as a clerk doing everything from answering the phone and fetching the teas and coffees to doing the company’s accounts.

In 1987 I took the brave step to start my own business and ran a small transport company for 4 years, with the support of my father, before turning to taxi driving for 2 years followed by 2 years as a milkman.

Staying in the transport industry, I moved to the new Safeway depot in Tamworth in 1995, where I spent 10 years working first as a despatch and goods in clerk before moving to stock control where, for over 2 years, I ran the late shift.

In 2006 the opportunity arose to take up the role of Customer Service Administrator at the T.D.G. Chemicals warehouse in Erdington, a position I held for 2 years before taking on the position of the depot’s Health and Safety Officer.

In February 2009, following major cutbacks in the whole company, I was made redundant so, rather than just sitting around waiting for something to happen, I made the bold decision to return to college and took the NEBOSH health and safety management qualification.  I finally qualified in the summer of 2010 and am now the Safety Coordinator in a large warehouse on Fradley Park near Lichfield.

I have always had an interest in politics and current affairs and in 1996 I joined the Conservative Party.  7 months later I stood in my first election to Tamworth Borough Council in the Castle ward by-election where I finished 2nd out of 4 candidates, not a bad result at that time when the party was so unpopular both locally and nationally (in 1997 Tamworth’s MP and 5 county councillors were all from the Labour Party and Tamworth Borough Council was made up of 27 Labour and 3 Independent councillors).

In the 1997 Staffordshire County Council elections I again finished runner-up behind Labour in the Bolebridge division.  I have stood for election for Staffordshire County, Tamworth Borough and Fazeley Town Council’s 12 times between 1997 and 2011 and, after years of always finishing as the highest placed runner-up, I was elected onto Fazeley Town Council in May 2007.

In November 2008 I became deputy Town Mayor and in May 2009 I had the honour of becoming the Mayor of Fazeley.  A year later, I was re-elected as Mayor and became the 7th councillor to have back to back years as Mayor since Fazeley became a town in 1975.  In May 2011, I was re-elected onto Fazeley Town Council and was elected the Leader of the Town Council.

On Thursday 5th May 2011, 14 years & 2 months after first standing for election to Tamworth Borough Council and losing, I was elected with a majority of 228 by the residents of Mercian Ward onto the Borough Council.  After my marriage to Debbie and the birth of my 2 girls and my grandson, my election victory that night was the proudest moment of my life so far.

My first term in office came to an end in 2015, and following the election on Thursday 7th May, I was re-elected by the residents of Mercian Ward with and increased majority of 485.

I am honoured to serve not just the ward that I was born in and lived in for 9 years but the whole of Tamworth, which has been my home town since Sunday 2nd May 1965.